Press Releases

04.06.16

Rounds Statement on Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) released its fiduciary rule. "I oppose the fiduciary rule issued today, as it will have harmful consequences for American families saving for retirement," said Rounds. "The rule will limit the availability of retirement investment advice for millions of people, especially low- and moderate-income Americans. The many regulations issued b… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Rounds Attends Keel Laying Ceremony for the Navy’s 17th Virginia Class Submarine SOUTH DAKOTA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke at the keel laying ceremony for the SSN-790, which will be commissioned as the USS South Dakota. The South Dakota is a next-generation, Virginia Class nuclear submarine designed to fulfill 21st century mission requirements. It is scheduled to join the fleet in August 2018. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: General and Mrs. Dempsey, Governor Raimondo, Senator Whitehouse, Congress… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Rounds Joins 42 Senators to File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Challenging Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with 42 of his Senate colleagues, today filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. "Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matt… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Rounds Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Missouri River Management

North Sioux City-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Waste, Superfund and Oversight Management, today delivered the following remarks at his hearing entitled, "Five Years from the Flood: Oversight of the Army Corps' Management of the Missouri River and Suggestions for Improvement.," The focus of the hearing is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) management of the Missouri River since the 2011 flood. Rounds opening s… Continue Reading


03.21.16

Rounds to Hold EPW Field Hearing in North Sioux City on March 31

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Waste, Superfund and Oversight Management, announced today he will chair a subcommittee hearing on March 31, 2016, in North Sioux City. The hearing, entitled, "Five Years from the Flood: Oversight of the Army Corps' Management of the Missouri River and Suggestions for Improvement," will focus on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) management of the Missouri River since t… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Rounds Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor after President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to the United States Supreme Court. "Whoever is confirmed to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court will be serving a lifetime appointment," said Rounds. "Keeping in mind the current political makeup of the court, the man or woman who will replace Justice Scalia has the potential to hold in… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Combat Prescription Drug Addiction

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted for S. 524, the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which passed out of the Senate today by a vote of 94-1. CARA seeks to address the growing opioid abuse epidemic in the United States by authorizing state and local grants for treatment, stronger law enforcement and recovery programs. Opioids is another term for heroin and prescription painkillers. "The number of Americans addicted to heroin and prescriptio… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Gain VA Financial Accountability

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation requiring the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to produce an annual report to Congress detailing the cost of the health care it provides. The Veterans Health Administration Spending Transparency and Oversight Act of 2016 authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement to produce the report, due no later than March 1st of each year. … Continue Reading


03.09.16

Rounds: Administration Must Fix Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Glitch for Tribes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen urging the administration to work with tribal governments to remove the employer mandate penalties imposed on tribal employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tribal members are exempted from the ACA's individual mandate that forces each individual to purchase health insurance and the federal government has a trust responsibility to provide them care. Yet tribal gove… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Rounds Introduces South Dakota Witness at Senate EPW Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced Secretary Steve Pirner of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a witness at an EPW Committee hearing on states' perspectives on federal regulatory actions. Today's hearing, entitled "Cooperative Federalism: State Perspectives on EPA Regulatory Actions and the Role of States as Co-Regulators," focused on whether the current regulatory f… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Rounds Introduces Veterans Equal Cost for Care Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Equal Cost for Care Act of 2016 to improve care for veterans who receive health care under the Choice Act program. This legislation would amend the Choice Act by eliminating the "secondary payer clause" to make certain veterans do not pay more for private care under the Choice Act than they would if they were seen at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility. "… Continue Reading


03.07.16

Rounds Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

PIERRE- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died yesterday in her home at the age of 94. "Jean and I send our deepest condolences to the Reagan family during this difficult time," said Rounds. "Nancy Reagan epitomized grace and civility in a political arena that too often lacks both. She will be remembered for many things, including the deep love and loyalty she had for her husband and for her lifelong commitment … Continue Reading


03.02.16

Rounds Discusses Veterans’ Access to Health Care with VFW Representatives during Joint Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today at a joint Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing discussed access to timely, quality health care for veterans in rural areas, and the option for veterans to utilize non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers when they live far away from a VA facility. Rounds exchanged comments with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki and Executive Director Bo… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Rounds Supports Senate Ag Committee Passage of Bill to Stop States from Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today supported the Senate Agriculture Committee's passage of legislation to prevent mandatory labeling of food produced from biotechnology seeds - commonly referred to as GMOs - at the state level by creating a national voluntary labeling system for bioengineered foods. The bill would pre-empt states mandatory labeling and create a voluntary federal standard. The bill passed out of the Senate Ag Committee by a vote of 14-6 with bipartisan support. "… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Rounds Discusses Future of Hot Springs VA During Veterans’ Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today at a joint Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing discussed the proposed reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System with American Legion leadership. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently holding a public comment period on the environmental impact statement regarding the reconfiguration which will cut health care services at the VA hospital at Hot Springs… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Rounds Statement on Administration Plans to Close GTMO

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the Obama administration's plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, commonly known as GTMO. Earlier today, the Pentagon submitted to Congress a plan to close GTMO despite President Obama signing into law last year legislation specifically prohibiting its closure. The plan would cost more than $400 million and relo… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Rounds Joins 33 Senators, 171 Representatives to File Amicus Brief, Urging Circuit Court to Block EPA Attempt to Transform the Nation’s Electricity Sector

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate EPW Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), 33 Senators and 171 House Members in filing an amicus brief today in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Rounds Looking for South Dakotans to Join Him in Hosting Community Conversations Across the State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R- S.D.) today announced his Community Conversations program in which he will travel the state visiting with various communities. Community Conversations will allow Rounds to hear firsthand from local leaders, constituents and business owners to better understand their local interests and concerns. "Strong, prosperous communities are the backbone of South Dakota," said Rounds. "But in order for them to continue to thrive and grow, we must make certain fe… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Rounds Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Enhance Sanctions Against North Korea

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted to pass the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016. This legislation imposes new sanctions against North Korean officials involved in its nuclear program and proliferation activities. It also improves enforcement of multilateral sanctions, provides an overall strategy to combat North Korean cyber activities and addresses North Korea's history of human rights violations. "In light of last weekend's satellite launch and last month's… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Rounds Stands Up For South Dakota Businesses on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, commonly called the Customs Conference Report, because it includes Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) language without the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) attached. ITFA would put in place a moratorium to permanently prevent state and local entities from imposing existing sales and use taxes on internet services. Because ITFA takes away important revenue fo… Continue Reading

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